One-Of-One 1987 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 Auction Bound10
A different kind of Pontiac Grand Prix, the 2+2 was developed with NASCAR in mind. The Grand Prix and its corporate cousin the Chevy Monte Carlo were both G-platform offerings that competed in NASCAR. Both cars suffered aerodynamically compromised styling that created both lift and drag at high speed. To mitigate the drag created by the squared-off back window, an arched “bubble” rear glass, fiberglass rear decklid and spoiler were implemented, as well as a more aerodynamically suitable nose. The results were the Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 and Chevy Monte Carlo AeroCoupe. Produced for the 1986 and 1987 model years, just 1,118 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2s left the factory.
Our feature 1987 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 is one of a kind as it is the only copy finished in black from the factory. General Motors donated it to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama, where it was on display for a number of years. It has covered just 2,748 miles from new. Recently retrieved from long-term storage, the Grand Prix 2+2 is in need of some maintenance before it will be roadworthy.
The exterior of the Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 is still shiny black from a distance, but closer inspection reveals some cosmetic needs. There are spots on the nose, what appears to be a sizable chip on the passenger side rear fender, and it could use a thorough detailing. However, it is a one-of-one, and surely worth the needed attention.
This Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 is powered by a 305 cubic-inch V8 backed by a four-speed automatic transmission. The engine will likely need to have the fuel lines cleaned or replaced, as well as a carb cleaning/rebuild, brake inspection, not to mention a bit of detailing.
The Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 sports a nearly new tan cloth interior. It is equipped with power steering, power brakes, power windows and locks, cruise control, and air conditioning.
This one-of-one 1987 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Kissimmee, Florida sale taking place January 4th through the 15th.
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Interestingly, the glass backs for the Grand Prix and Monte Carlo are not interchangeable.
The GP’s back window is bigger than the Monte’s.
The Pontiac and Chevrolet were very different between each other. The Pontiac was a mess even when new and certainly not a professional conversion. The Chevrolet was built to OEM standards unlike the Pontiac.
It wouldn’t be an 80s GM car without the sagging headliner.
Anyways, cool car. I remember thinking that these were pretty cool when they were new.
Wow, that is seriously ugly.
Putting lipstick on a pig. This period of GM design has to be among the worst times in its history. Front and rear overhangs are way too long or wheelbase is way too short, take your pick.
A very underrated and unappreciated car.
This car was the Daytona and Superbird of the 80’s.
They only built as many as they had to. If I recall they fell short but the car was legal for racing.
Even with all the changes all of these did not run well accept for the car Rusty Wallace raced. John Dodson the body man told recently how they made the car about 3.5 inches longer and got the spoiler back farther. They had lengthened the rear and made a special glass to fit the templet but still fit the longer car they never caught.
This car was not made to be pretty just faster on the track. Even the Chrysler cars were seen as ugly back in the day and many went unsold for almost 2 years.
GM needed to compete with the new T bird. But it was found the Elliot car was just slightly smaller than stock and that is where the speed came from. Templets only had to fit three places and it gave a lot of room to work.
In fact many cars were not legal but just never got caught. The John Dodson crew when racing with Tim Richmond they actually trimmed the templet to fit their car. No one notices it did not fit the other cars.
The only thing wrong with this car was they should have dumped a TPI 350 in these or a Turbo V6 just to make the engine special. GM would not let Pontiac the performance division have the 305 HO. Go figure.
They should have put the Monte SS HO 180 HP 305 in these instead of the lower output 165 HP 305. Never understood that sleight of hand for their so called performance division.
It was more Chevy not wanting to give up their monopoly on the HO engine and denying Pontiac the power plant. Not that the 305 HO was much to brag about.